"Swamp Song" as written by Daniel Carey, Adam Jones, Maynard James Keenan and Paul D'amour....
My warning meant nothing
You're dancing in quicksand
Why don't you watch where you're wandering?
Why don't you watch where you're stumbling?
You're wading knee deep and going in
You're wading knee deep and going in

This bog is thick and easy to get lost in
When you're a stupid, dumb ass, belligerent fucker
This bog is thick and easy to get lost in
When you're a stupid, dumb ass, belligerent fucker
I hope it sucks you down
Down, down, down, down

My warning meant nothing
You're dancing in quicksand
Why don't you watch where you're wandering?
Why don't you watch where you're stumbling?
You're wading knee deep and going in
And you may never come back again

This bog is thick and easy to get lost in
When you're a stupid, dumb ass, belligerent fucker
This bog is thick and easy to get lost in
When you're a stupid, dumb ass, belligerent fucker
I hope it sucks you down

My warning meant nothing
You're dancing in quicksand
Why don't you watch where you're wandering?
Why don't you watch where you're stumbling?
You're wading knee deep and going in
And you may never come back again

This bog is thick and easy to get lost in
When you're a stupid, dumb ass, belligerent fucker
This bog is thick and easy to get lost in
When you're a stupid, dumb ass, belligerent fucker
I hope it sucks, I hope it suck, I hope it suck
You fucker
I hope it sucks, I hope it suck, I hope it suck down

Wandering around got you in
No one even invited you
And you still stumble and suffocate, suffocate
Why don't you get out while you can?

Wandering around got you in
No one even invited you
And you still stumble and suffocate, suffocate
Why don't you get out while you can?

No one told you to care
My warning meant nothing
You're dancing in quicksand
Why don't you watch where you're wandering?
Why don't you watch where you're stumbling?
You're wading knee deep and going in
And you may never come back again

This bog is thick and easy to get lost in
'Cause you're a stupid, belligerent fucker
This bog is thick and easy to get lost in
'Cause you're a dumbass, belligerent fucker

I hope it sucks
I hope it sucks
I hope it sucks you fucker
I hope it sucks
I hope it sucks
I hope it sucks you


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"Swamp Song" as written by Lee Jones

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  • +6
    General CommentEvery time I listen to this song I always feel like it's warning people to stay out of my head, so to speak, and that if you don't listen well I warned you, so don't get mad at me when you sink to deep and get stuck. As to say you weren't ready to dive inside my head and truly see what I'm thinking and how I perceive life.
    TheAwesomeMykon June 16, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is kinda like Jerk-Off... an epic "fuck you" song :P
    Tig45on April 07, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI feel as though this song could be related to life. The "bog" being life, is easy to get lost in. "no one even invited you in; you still stumble in." This shows how the ignorant people in life are still born though uninvited. The thickness of the bog would probably be everything that is complicated in life, also showing how it would be easy to get lost in and of course there being no return. Dancing in quicksand just signifies how you may be enjoying yourself in life but you don't realize you're digging yourself into a problem, even after being warned. I think that for not taking a warning seriously, Maynard feels no sympathy for the people who are getting sucked in. Most people would disagree with me when I say that I would keep everything that is bad about life in life. My reason for this is that without those bad things and people, there would be no reason to write suck beautiful music like this, and if you think about it with no bad there would be no good. They're two sides of the same coin which cannot exist without the other.
    Jedawgon April 11, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's a love song
    pikkion February 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe, and I say I believe because I wouldn't be suprised if I'm wrong, that this song is about the complexity of Maynards lyrics. People listen and judge because they dont understand them. The bog, his words, are thick, complex, and easy to get lost in.
    rzatherazaon December 01, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA musical Genius, all i have to say. I ponder his lyrics for hours sometimes.
    Freeman1221on January 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA warning. Get out because, "this bog is thick and easy to get lost in". The warning is not taken seriously so, "I hope it sucks you down". One of the easier ones, I'd have to say.,
    twistedncynicalon January 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with what NickBush says about it being ambiguous and open to all interpretation. No need to impose it on people like that, they are saying what they think it's about, they're doing what Maynard wanted. Don't bite their heads of for it.
    Eskimo_8on February 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely about drugs. Maynard has spoken before about how he believes a lot of people who take hallucinogens participate in "spiritual theft", meaning that they don't understand the power of what they're meddling with and are taking the drugs simply for a good time. When they find what's really there, it can overwhelm them, and oftentimes it leads to addiction.

    I think this is a big "fuck you" to those he believes to be committing spiritual theft. It reminds me of my ex.
    alicynon October 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh word, as do I. His music is great.
    JulieMarleneon January 13, 2002   Link

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